Jocelyn J. Stephens, MEd
Chief Strategy Officer
Jocelyn J. Stephens is the Chief Strategy Officer for RISE Colorado. With nearly 20 years of educational, business, and civic experience and expertise, she continues to devote her life and career to eliminating academic and opportunity gaps for culturally, linguistically diverse and low-income students so that they develop the competencies, character, mindsets and dispositions needed to succeed now and in their future.
Prior to joining RISE, Jocelyn was the Executive Director of Education for the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) providing residency-based educator preparation and licensure in Colorado, professional learning and leadership coaching across the US. Her work history also includes serving as an elementary teacher, K-8 and high school assistant principal, an elementary principal and district P-20 Learning Community Director for the Aurora Public Schools – the most diverse school district in the state of Colorado serving approximately 40,000 students from 120 countries who speak nearly 160 different languages. She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, from the University of South Florida, a M.Ed. in Education in Administrative Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver, state of Colorado certificates in Elementary Education and K-12 Principal Leadership, and post graduate work in Reading Development from Walden University. She is a high school graduate of Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, Florida, her hometown.
Jocelyn is a 2018-2019 Governor’s Fellow, selected as one of the top private and non-profit executives in Colorado to engage in a year-long leadership program inspired by the White House Fellows Program and supported by Governors Hickenlooper, Owens, Ritter and Polis, to provide a platform for leaders to use their leadership skills and creative minds to make an impact in the public sector. Jocelyn is an active member of numerous educational and civic boards of directors and committees. Additionally, she volunteers as a mentor to teens and young adult women.
In her free time, Jocelyn enjoys spending time with her “framily” (friends and family), journaling, dancing to good music, cozy coffee chats and summer hikes. She is the wife to her best friend, Marcos, and together they share in the joys of raising three beautiful daughters.